POSTPONED: World Masters Games 2021
Since the decision of postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were announced, we have been exploring the possibility of holding the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai in May 2021 as originally scheduled up until today, with the assumption that the situation of the new Coronavirus infectious disease to be under control.
The sequence of consideration up until today
Under the circumstances of many sporting events being cancelled, athletes and sports enthusiasts were looking forward to the Games holding. We are eager to meet these expectations, therefore we requested expert’s advice in order to hold the Games as scheduled under the severe infection circumstances. As a result, we have reached the conclusion that the competition are able to be conducted by fulfilling two conditions, one complete measure against the new coronavirus infectious disease and two ease the restriction of immigration regulations. We expect that those two conditions are able to be realized.
Challenges in case of holding the Games in May 2021
At this time, it is not possible to determine whether we are able to establish a system which we can be operated with confidence. In addition, even if the system has been established, there is a possibility that we must impose severe restrictions on the participants, and that will create conflict with the philosophy of the World Masters Games ①Sports enthusiasts will gather from all over the world and enjoy lifelong sports, ②to enjoy interaction between participants and local residents, ③participants enjoy tourism with family and friends.
Decision on postponement
In light of the above, we have been conducting much careful discussions with host municipalities, co-organisers, NFs, sponsors and International Masters Games Association (IMGA).As a result, we held an Organising Committee’s board meeting on October 28, and reached the conclusion of postponement policy; to postpone the Games to the time which we believe it would be the most practical time to hold the Games. We will propose that to the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) at its General Assembly held on November 4th.
Initiatives for the Future
We apologise for any inconvenience which may cause to more than 14,000 participants who have already registered to the Games, however above all, we will make a decision on the necessary matters as promptly as possible in order to respond with full consideration to those participating in the Games. In addition, we would like to make our best effort to resolve various challenges in cooperation with the host municipalities, NFs, and sponsors who have worked hard to prepare for the Games.
In response to the expectations of sports enthusiasts around the world, we will make our best effort to achieve the success of the festival of “do” sports, which will connect the legacy of the Games to the spread of lifelong sports.
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
The Organising Committee of the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai
President Toshizo IDO
President Masayoshi MATSUMOTO
The first World Masters Games were held in 1985 in Toronto, Canada. The latest Games (the 9th hosting) took place in Auckland, New Zealand in the year 2017. The next World Masters Games are held in the year following the Olympics.
In 2021 the World Masters Games reaches a landmark tenth edition. An occasion such as this requires a special host. To that end, the 2021 World Masters Games will be held in Japan, the first Asian host of IMGA’s flagship event. Japan has a rich history of hosting large international sporting events and looks forward to this experience to serve the Masters community.
The Games will be held in the Kansai region in the west of Japan and will take place over 17 days from May 14 – 30. An estimated 50,000 participants will meet to play a total of 65 sports and explore this beautiful and alluring country.